ANNOUNCEMENT 19 Mar 2009In March 2009, the government of Republic of Korea announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Korean Ministry Of Labor. (31 March 2009). This Year Foreign Workforce Quota Reduced to 1/3 of last year. To be obtained at
Korean Ministry Of Labor. (18 February 2008). 2008 Foreign Workforce Plan. To be obtained at
On 19 March 2009, the Korean Government confirmed it "2009 Foreign Workforce Introduction Plan". This plan forsees a reduction of foreign workers admitted to work in Korea to a total of 34'000 in the year to February 2010. Of this total, 17'000 are reserved for ethnic Koreans while the remaining 17'000 are open to foreign workers in general. In contrast, in its 2008 Foreign Workforce Plan, the Government had allowed a maximum of 132'000 foreigners to enter the country with 60'000 permits reserved for ethnic Koreans.
In its plan for 2009, the Ministry of Labor assigns the majority of permits to jobs in manufacturing. Permits for construction workers are limited to a maximum of 2'000 for general foreign workers, while none will be granted in this sector to ethnic Korean. In the service sector, non-ethic Korean foreigners may acquire a total of 100 licenses, leaving 5'900 permits to be granted to ethnic Koreans. The rest of the permits will be granted to those working in agriculture, livestock and fisheries.